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November 25, 2020
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Decorah Greenhouses
Step inside one of Decorah's most historic landmark businesses and you'll find a little bit of everything when it comes to flowers, gardening, landscaping and gift-giving. The 144-year-old business has been sold by former owners Jim and Linda Lukes (at right) to Deon Sawyer and her husband Issac Packnett (at left). The new owners recently moved to the area from Indiana. The business, which was founded by the Symonds family of Decorah, has gone through only a few owners since those early years. To learn more about the early history of Decorah Greenhouses Inc., see the feature story published in the Nov. 19 Decorah Public Opinion.
Sunday, August 16, 2020 8:41 AM
In response to directives from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), Luther College’s intercollegiate athletic conference passed a resolution Monday to postpone football, women’s and men’s soccer and volleyball to spring 2021. The conference intends to move forward with fall competition in women’s and men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis. Schedules will be determined and announced at a later date.
  • Locust Road is now open

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Locust Road was held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25, at the intersection of College Drive and Locust Road in Decorah to commemorate the completion of the improvement project.

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  • The Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicates a dramatic spike in positive cases of the coronavirus across Northeast Iowa this week. Winneshiek County data shows a total of 929 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of 10 deaths related to the virus in the county to date. The Nov. 25 report listed 540 cases as "recovered" in the county.

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  • Fareway moves to shorter hours Nov. 27

    Fareway is resuming the shortened hours its stores held early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Decorah Fareway Store Manager Dave Noack said the grocery store chain's new hours will be implemented company-wide starting Friday, Nov. 27, when all Fareway stores will be open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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  • Luther "One Team Day" fundraiser a success

    Luther College's first annual One Team Day, a one-day fundraising event to support the college's student-athletes, was held Thursday, Nov. 19; and the campaign raised over $300,000 from more than 2,000 donors. The funds raised during this day will support Luther's 19 intercollegiate teams and 500 student-athletes.

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  • Holiday Lights 16th season starts Nov. 25

    Helping Services for Youth & Families is bringing back Holiday Lights for the 16th season at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah Nov. 25 through Dec. 27.

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  • Decorah Park-Rec hosting Thanksgiving events
    Decorah Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of free, self-guided, outdoor events Thanksgiving weekend. Among the events are a Turkey Trot, Fun Fact Walk-Along, a Downtown Turkey Hunt and a Carlson Park Adventure. Participants are eligible for drawing prizes.
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  • Decorah Community School District Board approves learning model plan, including remote online periods

    Decorah Community School District (DCSD) Board of Directors held a special meeting Monday night and approved Superintenent Mark Lane's proposal for a new learning model plan, which includes remote online learning periods next week (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and once again later in December (Dec. 21-22).

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  • Auditions are now open for New Minowa Players’ January production of “My Father’s Dragon.”

    This show will use puppets in addition to actors, and will be rehearsed remotely, using Zoom. The performance will be a video posted on the New Minowa Players YouTube channel. Audition materials are available at, and must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, using the form on the website.

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  • The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) has announced the cancellation of the annual Lighted Holiday Parade and Santa photos. The events were scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3.
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  • The Decorah Community School District board of directors will hold a special meeting Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Decorah Middle School Media Center to discuss current county and district COVID-19 related data. The district learning model between Thanksgiving and winter break will be discussed. Superintendent Mark Lane stated he will recommend the following learning model: 

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  • Vesterheim launches new brand identity
    Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School in Decorah, has announced the launch of its new brand identity and logo developed by Snøhetta, an international design firm headquartered in New York and Oslo, and known for their trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape, interior, graphic, and product design into their projects.
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  • Sheriff's Office welcomes new Deputy
    The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Calmar native Deputy Makenz (Mak) Kriener.
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  • The City of Decorah is notifying residents that the intersection of Pine Crest Drive and Locust Road should be open by the end of the day Friday, Nov.20. With this opening, the local detour of Ridge Road to Pine Crest Drive to Locust Road will be accessible.
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  • Luther College has announced that, along with 50 other leading liberal arts colleges, it has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) launched by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. 
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  • Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines has announced ballots for the Dec. 8 Special Election for the Decorah Ward 5 City Council vacancy are now available.
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